August 30, 2019

There was an improv website, years ago, that had a motto similar to this.  For them, it was about marketing your skills... getting out there and showcasing your talent.  For me it put into concise words something I have been trying to teach my actors for years....

May 28, 2019

The word INSPIRE means "to fill someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative."  It also means, "to breathe in (air); to inhale."  Breathing & inspiration are connected by more than just...

February 15, 2019

This tip is from Michael J. Gellman.  Michael is my improv mentor.  I could fill 1000 blogs with how much I owe Mr. Gellman.

Every offer is owed an emotional reaction. Then you can choose to respond physically or verbally...  Or something like that.  Look, it...

July 28, 2018

I'm not saying you CAN'T start a scene in negativity and deprivation. I'm just saying that it's harder... and I'm a lazy improviser. You'd be setting up existential challenges for your audience before you even start the scene.

They'll be asking...

  • If they hate it he...

July 28, 2018

"Make Active & Positive Choices"
Elaine May & Del Close

I first read this quote in Jeffrey Sweet's seminal book Something Wonderful Right Away: An Oral History of the Second City and the Compass Players.

I'm happy to say that since that day Jeffrey & I have become f...

July 11, 2018

"Support the physical,

& verbal reality of the scene"
Elaine May Del Close

This one takes a bit of explaining.  The first 3 of my improv tips come from Elaine May & Del Close, as I read them in Jeffrey Sweet's book Something Wonderful Right Away.

Two of those...

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